Monday, December 6, 2010

Japan...a super-high-aging society

if you live in Japan for a while , you will notice something, looking around you while setting in a densha (train), you will see a lot of elderly.

this is a problem that Japan is facing in the 21th century that it didn't have before in the 20th century, the aging society issue.

the consequences of this is huge , now Japan facing shrinking labor force, a solution to that can be by international migration into the work force , but Japan will not like that because Japan is like another planet in which people have their own culture and traditions that not everyone can live and adapt to, so Japanese people will prefer robots doing tasks instead of actually encouraging migration to the country.

so the solution to that can be and this is actually what the government did , and that is by delaying the retirement for employees until 65 , encouraging continuous work even after retirement , and the new businesses projects for people who are 70 or even more, but this is maybe a tempering solution.

Japan still need more foreigners especially in the nursing field!!(because there are many elderly to take care of)

how about the pensions for the huge amount of retirees ? who is gonna pay that ? with this current birth rate (low fertility) ,who will pay for the young people that are paying taxes for the elderly in the future ?

The increase in the number of elderly people in spite of a decreasing overall total population has led to the expectation that the aging rate will reach 25.2%, or 1 in every 4 being elderly, in 2013 and 33.7%, or 1 in every 3, in 2035.

and this problem will get worsen in the future because of the low fertility rate, due to the postponement of marriage by single women to advance in their career , or to the life attitude of having one child in each household, which is not enough to keep the population stable !!

this will be my presentation for today , Japan an aging society..

so what do you think the solution can be to this big issue ?? hmm ...I wonder

Sunday, December 5, 2010 it that great ?

I went to hakone this weekend because I really wanted to see momiji (autumn leaves) , I went with my best friend kanji chan, when we arrived there the tourist information guide >-> told us that its already late and all the momiji had fallen and its too late now.

we felt really bad at the time, hakone is really far and we came especially to see momiji >=<
we were really disappointed, but we decided to be more happy and try to do something,so we did!

finding waterfalls was our mission ;p

and the cool thing is that in our way the scenery was amazing and not all the momiji had fallen >-> ( bad guide ),a good point of what the pessimistic guide said about the status of momiji was that we went crazy whenever we saw a tree with momiji leaves lol.

but at the end I realized something that is really important and this is its not the place that I enjoyed - although it was breathtaking - but its the company of my best friend that made it amazing.

I felt really lucky that I am not a lone in this country and that I will discover Japan this time not a lone , no no no , next time, new place, new adventure , but with you kanji chan ^--^

tanoshimi ;p

ps, I remembered momiji chan ;p since its her season ;p

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A new day ^-^

In today's class "sustainable development" , students who are already in their second year of masters "senpai's" will do presentations about their field work held in their countries in whatever areas their research is based on.

wow this reminded me of the project I made for "management in japan course" that I took last semseter, I don't know if you guys checked it or not , anyway in case you didn't , here it is ^-^

enjoy ^-^

wow...Vandana shiva ^^

Through my study which is "Human security and communication" I run into many issues that is considered the roots of many problems that the world is facing right now such as global warming, hunger, disease and many other.

I ve been taking a course this semester that is called "development and the local community" in which we argue that globalization is not always the answer to the problems and issues that the developing countries are facing, actually the word " development" is an idea that first came to public when Truman gave a speech after WW2 in 1949 in which 9 billion people was suddenly considered poor and underdeveloped!!

One of the main issues that developing countries facing is food security, and in order to solve this issue, a lot of companies started making genetic agricultural seeds and sell it to farmers in third world countries in order to produce more food thus eliminate the problem of hunger.(hidden reason is economic profit of course)

Farmers are producing one crop in a huge piece of land (green revolution), and this is in order to increase production which will eventually lead to food security, well at least this is what the green revolutions was all about!!

But the irony is that farmers growing food are the ones who suffer from hunger the most, well, the reason for that is that they don't produce stable food anymore to feed themselves, instead they produce one crop and then sell it to the market in order to get a sufficient amount of money that is enough to cover the expensive chemicals that goes into the soil.
(Farmers can't afford genetic seeds and chemicals thus this lead to huge debt)

In India farmers who started growing crops using genetic manufactured seeds are facing huge problems, dept problems and soil contamination problem due to mono-culture and not growing diverse crops plus hunger problems, so a lot of those helpless farmers take their lives and find suicide the only answer to their problems.

Vandana shiva is an Indian activist who believes that globalization is not the answer to food scarcity problem, she believes that localization and organic farming is the only answer for all the problems that the world is facing right now including global warming, she thinks that organic farming is a challenge since an organic farmer must understand nature and this is not an easy thing.

anyway, she is an inspiring individual, and she try to raise people awareness about the food that we eat and how it's important to get nutritious food, she believes that freedom and peace can be achieved through food.

anyway here is a link for one of her interviews , I just love her ^^

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Reaching 23...

Hi everyone ^-^

I didn’t write in this blog for a long time, part of it was because I am busy in masters. Japanese study, a beginning of a new life in Japan, but the major reason for not writing is because I somehow feel homesick and kinda ve been confused in certain aspects of my life.

In a day where I should celebrate and feel happy, a day that is for most considered special, it was one of the hardest days of my life, it was my 23th birthday.

I spent it alone , far away from home, I tried to make it special , went to a restaurant alone and ate desert afterwards , but at the end of the day when I came back to my empty room , I felt sad, alone and the tears flew easily from my eyes , deep sadness is what I felt.

at the age of 23 , my emotions and feeling were mixed, I was saying to myself "ok, I m 23, so I should grow up and stop crying and being so sensitive and dependent on people " , yet this day was really sad for me because I spent it crying and missing friends and people that I care about T-T

On the other hand I started thinking of the things that I am certain of in my life and things that I thank god for having:

1- I know who are my best friends , I can actually count them unlike before when I had a huge list of people I called friends
(fafy chan, arap chan , waddo chan , amabat chan , rawan chan , bayan chan , mota..and others ^-^ )

Thank you all for being there for me , I will never forget whenever I feel bad and need to cry I find bayan chan listening to me in times she needed someone to listen to her.

Thank you rawan chan and 3os for remembering me always in work and how you remember me every time you go out without me T-T

Thank you fafy bloom and arap chan , you are planning to come to Japan , I can’t wait to have you here with me ^-^

Thank you amabat chan , you made my stay in Japan easier and you care about me like a sister, I love you so much , when I am with you I feel like I am in home ^-^

waddo chan , my sister who I consider the biggest blessing and gift from god , no way a younger sister can love her neechan like my sis do < I am 100%>

Thank you all my friends and more...

2-I achieved half my dreams which is coming to Japan for masters and study what I like the most "Human security and communication"

I know it’s hard and I feel like in micheal buble song "I wanna go home" but I know I am blessed and that I am lucky and that this is an opportunity of a life time , Thank you god for making my dream coming true.

3-I realized that I wanna marry someone I love and start a family with the one I love and this is my dream right now and I hope that allah will fulfill my dreams because this is the ultimate dream of my life and any girls life I guess ^-^

anyway .......

reaching 23th is so confusing for me , so now what!!!!! I should behave more like an adult , because all the people who knows me , know that I act childish sometimes and ask for attention, but should I change that , is this what determines if I am a grown up or not???

All of these things went in my head in the 23th birthday, it was a day full of emotions, bad, sad and grateful ones, but at the end my birthday passed and it was a day like all other days.

I wonder what the future hides for me , again this is something I don’t wanna think of , but as long as I am alive and my brain continue to work >-> nothing can’t be done about that T-T

Anyway long post, sorry, see you next post

Rawan & 3os did this cards for me , love you guys ^-^

Thursday, July 29, 2010

wow Japanese Garden in Abdoun OvO

Hi minna,

I was really surprised when I visited the Japanese embassy of Japan website and found out about the Japanese Garden in Abdoun, this is just great ^^

I will put it in my to do list when I visit Jordan in August ^^

It was designed according to traditional Japanese gardens dating back to ancient times by Japanese garden expert Mr. Fukuda, exhibiting main elements of water, rock, plants, and bridges, in addition to a special area allocated for making tea.

The Garden’s elements were brought over from Japan whereas some rocks and stones have been brought from the Dead Sea, Al Mafraq and Petra. The stones have been amended and arranged to match the classical mode of design of the Japanese garden and a special place has been allocated for tea making.

wow great news ,to see more about this go to the Japanese embassy website in Jordan bellow:

see you next post

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Looking forward to the trip to Izu ^^

Hi minna ^^

I am so excited about the trip to Izu ,what the hell is Izu?, where is izu ? (this is the questions in going in your mind right now ne )!!

well Izu is large mountainous peninsula with deeply indented coasts to the west of Tokyo on the Pacific coast of the island of Honshū.

I will stay there for one night in a ryokan which is a traditional Japanese inn in which floors are made of tatami (Traditional Japanese mats), there is an onsen (hot spring, first time), and ryokan Typically provides guests with a yukata to wear.

and also in Izu we will do momo tabehoudai (which means eat as much as u can of peaches , from the tree directly).

I am looking forward to it , it will be at 31 July , I will upload pictures after I come back so tanoshimi ni ^^

hai ja ne ^_^

Thursday, July 22, 2010

HI everyone , ohisashiburi T_T

minasan , hi ^_^

I am back again (tadaimaaaaaa), sorry >_<, I didn't post anything to my poor blog for a long long time , but I was really busy with my new life in Japan, Japanese classes and also preparing for my entrance examination for continuing masters in Japan T_T

It was really hard emotionally and physically tiring >_< but the good news is that I passed the entrance examination and I WILL be starting on September at SFC campus /Keio university, I am so relaxed now^_^

so what I am doing right now !! basically I am going to interesting places in Japan , went to furin festival that was held in kawasaki daishi(furin is the traditional Japanese Graden bells),hanabi (fireworks) wearing yukata(Traditional cloths) and Disney sea and many other places, next on my list in Hakone which is a very nice area that is really near mountain fuji (fuji san , this will be ensha2allah my first time), I will stay the night there in a nice traditional hotel^_^

from now on I will try to update my blog , I am so sorry for not updating it , there was no time T_T

see ya soon

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

13 Japanese speech contest^_^


It’s time for the annual Japanese speech contest (The 13th Japanese language Speech contest)that is held at The University of Jordan / University Administration Building
on March 13th (Saturday) 2010 10:00~13:30.

I am so excited , I am glad that I am going to be the MC (event speaker / presenter) this year, what an honor, so to all people interested , please come and see a great completion that is only held once a year , you can’t miss the opportunity^_^

See you there, and to all participants, ganbatte kudasai and good luck ^_^

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Public Invitation ^_^ 3 February 2010

Minna , Great news ^_^

Two piano recitals by renowned pianist Ms. Mari Kumamoto will take place at Jabal Al-Webdeh , Tarasantah School at 7 PM / 3 February 2010.

It seems really interesting and fun,I am gonna go \(^_^)/

See you there all ^_^